Lama Karame

is a visiting scholar at the Unviersity of Columbia's Faculty of Law

Lebanese Student: We Want to Make History

“The age in which we accept any threat or intimidation has ended, and we have the right to build our lives... Why are they confronting us with all this menacing and threatening?”...Read More >>

Lebanon’s Druze Personal Status Law: Developing Deference to the Constitution

On September 19, 2017, the Lebanese parliament passed Law 58, which amends 16 articles of the Druze personal status law (originally issued on February 24, 1948). Notable amendments included ...Read More >>

Food Security in Lebanon: Spoiled Wheat or Spoiled State Authority?

In a press conference held on March 16, 2016, Lebanese Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced that laboratory tests carried out by his ministry on samples of imported wheat to Lebanon s...Read More >>

Lebanese Article 534 Struck Down: Homosexuality No Longer “Contrary to Nature”

On May 5, 2016, Hisham Qantar, a magistrate in el-Metn, issued a ruling that halted the investigation of an individual prosecuted under Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code. This articl...Read More >>

Lebanon Judiciary Wrings its Hands Over Budget

On January 12, 2016, Lebanon’s State Council issued a decision[1] dismissing the two petitions submitted regarding the national budget matter [the absence of a national budget for a...Read More >>

Cause Lawyers in Lebanon: A Preliminary Profile

In the summer of 2015, Lebanon witnessed a popular activist movement [Harak] as a result of the state's failure to solve the waste crisis. Beirut and other regions in Lebanon saw larg...Read More >>

Constitutions and Compromise: Lessons and Challenges of the Arab Uprisings

Authoritarian regimes in the Middle East have retained part of their legitimacy and popularity by portraying themselves as guardians of religious minorities, and/or saviors from the phant...Read More >>

Franco-Lebanese Strategic Litigation Held Against Death Penalty

ِِِِAt the invitation of Lebanese NGO Association Justice et Miséricorde (AJEM), lawyers made public submissions before the Court of Cassation on May 20, 2014 in defense of a Syria...Read More >>

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